Founded 107 years ago and harboring one of the most extensive fan bases in the world, Inter Milan is often associated with great success in the soccer sphere.
Nonetheless, the victorious happenings under manager Jose Mourinho, when Inter had seized a fourth consecutive league title and also a Champions League crown for the third time in club history, haven’t resurfaced post 2010.
The Black and Blues haven’t won a major trophy for some time now, and the acquisition of renowned manager Roberto Mancini in November 2014 was intended to recapture that lost momentum.
Inter, struggling to break the top-five this year, are currently positioned at eight place in the Serie A table, six points off Fiorentina in sixth place.
Mancini, though, has realized this isn’t the same team he spearheaded about a decade ago, and has openly talked to the club’s board about improving the squad through transfers.
“Thohir (President of Inter) wants to build a great side and that is great to hear from my perspective,” Mancini told reporters, per Goal.com. “The coming months will be important. We need quality reinforcements that can give the team what it’s missing right now.
“If we find players with the right characteristics, we’ll be able to improve the existing players in our squad as well. It won’t be easy, but we need to make transfers befitting of Inter, with our objectives clear in our minds.
“We’re on the right track and can’t afford to make any mistakes.”
Clearly, Mancini has identified the urgency of the situation at hand. Inter needs to break the top five next year, and the transfer market could provide those extra pieces necessary to push the team upwards.
Fortunately, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure could be on his way out of the Ethiad, linked to Milan along with Liverpool man Lucas Leiva. Toure’s addition makes plenty of sense due to his two-way (box-to-box) style of play and familiarity with Mancini at Manchester City, but the price will have to be right as the Ivorian is aging.